Cressida Rigney, "Food and the Sunburnt Country on Which It Grows"

17 October, 2017
4.00-5.30 p.m.

Australia is a young nation.  Australia is not a young country.

Colonised in 1788 it is widely acknowledged that Australia’s record of human rights is amongst the worst in the G20.  In particular the treatment of Australia’s first peoples, the many groups of people Indigenous to the land, has been criticised internationally.

My presentation will focus on aspects of Australian food culture exploring the impact of colonialism on the consumption and hunting patterns of Indigenous Australians.  The erosion of the First People’s food systems and culture started with the arrival of the First Fleet but was cemented in Christian Missions and Government Reserves across the country and is now increasingly challenged by Primary Industry regulation and biopatent legislation.  The ritual of eating, growing and harvesting was, and is, a fundamental aspect of First People’s connection to the land.  It is interwoven with totem, myth and practice.  The complexities and challenges of maintaining an integral aspect of cultural and spiritual connection to land and identity are realised in the experiences of Indigenous peoples across Australia.

Cressida Rigney is a PhD candidate in the Department of Studies in Religion

Location: Rogers Room, Woolley (Building A20), Science Road, University of Sydney

Contact:Professor Iain Gardner
Phone:+61 2 9351 4484